Sep 21, 2012 7:00pm PDT
ignoble prize at a ceremony at harvard university in the united states. kazutaka kurihara says he is honored and hopes the speechjammer will contribute to peace and quiet. this is the sixth year in a row that japanese scientists have won an ignoble prize and an award give on the unique and humorous scientific inventions. >>> we'll be back with more updates in 30 minutes. i'm gene otani in tokyo. for all of us here at nhk world, thanks very much for joining us. have a great day wherever you are.
Sep 25, 2012 6:30pm PDT
a minute. >> stay tuned. >> welcome back. in his address to the united nations general assembly, united states president barack obama said the recent unrest in the arab world would not prevent a march toward progress. many countries which sought dictatorships toppled has -- have struggled to establish civil institutions and democratic societies. >> recent protests against a u.s.-made and that-islamic film highlighted the debate these societies face over freedom of speech and religious tolerance. we met up with one artist in tunisia who is grateful for the freedoms that he now enjoys. >> he has been a cartoonist for 40 years. during that time, pen and paper have been his weapons in the fight against injustice and the struggle for change. he says the revolution in tunisia has given him new freedoms both personally and professionally. >> we only have freedom of expression in a few areas like sports, culture, or social issues. politics was taboo, regardless of whether the criticism was directed at public authorities or the government itself. we complied with those policies all those years u